A Statement to the Thorneloe University Community on the Recent Vandalism of Signs on Two Faculty Members’ Office Doors

March 06, 2017

As some of you may have heard, there was an incident of hateful vandalism of signs on two faculty members’ office doors on Monday of last week. The Administration at Thorneloe University condemns this incident, takes it very seriously, and has launched a formal investigation as prescribed in Thorneloe’s “Harassment and Discrimination Policy.” The Thorneloe University community stands against all forms of hate, harassment, intimidation and violence. In addition, we as a learning community all share in the responsibility to uphold the values of diversity, inclusion and respect.

Members of the community are also encouraged to read a statement from the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department.

The following motion was passed unanimously at the 149th Meeting of the Thorneloe University Board of Governors (March 9, 2017):

“The Thorneloe University Board of Governors condemns the targeted vandalism of the signs on two faculty office doors. It reaffirms its commitment to a safe and inclusive workplace and supports its faculty, students, and administration fostering this environment.”

The following communication was received from the Rt. Rev. Anne Germond, Chancellor of Thorneloe University and Bishop of Algoma on March 9, 2017:

Dear President Derrenbacker,

I am writing to you in my capacity as the Chancellor of Thorneloe University and the Bishop of Algoma to add my voice to all the others that have condemned the recent acts of vandalism at Thorneloe. There is no place in our society for this type of behaviour or for any forms of intolerance and prejudice.

I am proud of the diverse and inclusive nature of the university which continues to be an example for the wider community. In particular, I want to express my ongoing support for the work and teaching of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department. In recent years I have sought their guidance and assistance in matters relating to their field of expertise.

I commend you for your response to these acts of vandalism and assure you that the Diocese of Algoma will continue to support and promote Thorneloe’s values.

Yours in Christ,

Dr. Robert Derrenbacker
President, Thorneloe University

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